Recipe to the Rescue: More Oats Please

I’ve seen this little oatmeal trick on a few random web sites, so let me give credit to Hungry-Girl.com for this idea to get more out of your oatmeal.  If you’re trying to keep your carbs between 20-30 per meal, you will sometimes find yourself wanting more than your ratio allows.  Let’s face it, 20 grams of carbs doesn’t go very far.  Case in point: I rarely used to choose oats as my carb of choice, because to keep my carbs at 22, that meant about 1/3 cup made with water, which looks pretty sorry and sad in a bowl.  Scroll down to see the photo.  I shall first, however, delight you with the finished product, because it’s THAT good!

Big bowl of oats that started small and GREW!

Big bowl of oats that started small and GREW!

 

 

Let me show you what your oats probably look like when microwaved for 1 minute with 1/2 cup of milk or water…

 

1/3 cup of oats mixed with 1/2 cup of milk.

1/3 cup of oats mixed with 1/2 cup of milk

 

Now, let me tell you the trick… if you mix your oats with triple the milk or water and cook for a few minutes, and then let them sit a few hours or overnight, and then reheat with even more liquid, your bowl will be triple the size, and therefore, will leave you feeling more satisfied.  Check this out:

1/3 oats made with 1 and 1/4 cups water and coconut milk after 3 hours.

1/3 oats made with 1 and 1/4 cups water and coconut milk after 3 hours

 

 

My version: mixed with Coco Complete (low calorie chocolate powder FULL of antioxidants), cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon Stevia, almonds and shredded low-fat coconut.

Breakfast

Breakfast

 
This bowl is roughly 22 carbs (18 from the oats and 4 from the milk) and 7 grams of fat.  I can add 25 grams of protein to my meal, which I do with 4 egg whites, or if I’m in a hurry, a scoop of protein powder.  That’s a balanced and easy breakfast my friends.  Make it the night before, or even in bulk for a few days of grab and go meals.
 
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